Jeff Hardy has lifted the lid on why he decided to turn down a WWE Hall of Fame induction before he left the company December 2021.
Famed wrestling risk-taker Jeff Hardy was released by WWE in December 2021. The star was said to have been acting erratically at a live event where he eventually left through the crowd. After turning down the company’s offer of rehab, Hardy was released.
As speculation reigned over Hardy’s condition, given his struggles with addiction in the past, he assured fans that he was fine and there was no need for him to use a rehab facility.
In the wake of his WWE exit, it was reported that the star had been offered a spot in the Hall of Fame. However, he turned the potential induction down.
On a recent episode of Talk is Jericho, Matt and Jeff Hardy sat down with the former AEW Champion to discuss their careers and run with AEW to date. During the conversation, Jeff was asked about the WWE Hall of Fame offer.
Hardy said that the offer felt premature, and he would only want to be inducted alongside his brother. The face-painted daredevil said that he “happily declined” the offer.
“Well, first of all, I don’t want to go in there without my brother and it’s not my time. This is too early. This is crazy. So yeah, it was very emotional. I was like, ‘What are they trying to do because naturally, I’m going to be reunited with my brother in AEW when I’m free of WWE.’”
Jeff continued, “I told my wife what had happened. I said, ‘I can’t believe what they just offered me.’ So it was very emotional, but I happily declined it.”
Jeff Hardy had been scheduled to wrestle on the June 1st episode of Dynamite, but was pulled from the bout and replaced in the ten-man tag team bout. Although Hardy was present at ringside. Ahead of the show, it was reported that Hardy was banged up following his recent No Disqualification Match with Darby Allin.
Hardy confirmed to Jericho that although he had enjoyed the match, it left him “hurting pretty bad.”
“That match was so fun for me. That’s my comfort zone, that style of match, other than the regular pro wrestling match, so I was just so excited. After it was over, the adrenaline wore off and I was sore.
The next day he texted me and said, ‘Hey, man, how are you doing? You good?’ I said, ‘I’m a little sore. It’s not too bad’, but I was hurting pretty bad. I said, ‘How about you?’ He said, ‘Surprisingly, I don’t feel anything.’”
During the interview, the legendary tag team confirmed they wanted to end their careers together, after starting out together.
H/t to WrestlingNewsCo for the transcription.